For my covers band, Rachel & the Riffs, I’ve been running my Line6 M13 into a JMP preamp (with a stereo reverb send to a zoom 1201) then into a stereo power amp. Great sound, but I lose the stereo end of the M13. So, I’m switching back to a GP100 preamp.
I’ve found out how to split the banks of the M13 so banks 3/4 are sent via the FX output to the FX send/return of the GP100. This will keep FX in stereo at all times and place the spacial effects where they should be, after the preamp. It means an extra set of cables, but this won’t add much to the setup time. I’ll need a midi pedal to select patches on the GP100, but I was using a similar device to select patches on the JMP1, so no extra gear overall. The GP100 will also have reverb running, so I can lose the Zoom from the rack.
The other logic behind this is that I’m using the M13 for distortion to boost solos etc. This is more easily done by having the EQ section of the GP100 foot-switchable so whatever patch I’m using, one pedal will go into boost mode. This should reduce the reliance on the M13 for tone and allow me to set up scenes that are FX only, not tone or distortion. I can also go a step further and trigger patches on the GP100 that are set up for a given sound including things like compression, again reducing the M13 toe-tapping and scene switching.
Sadly, the GP100 shows it’s age with choices of delay, mod etc, so the M13 can’t be replaced altogether, but the tone section is still pretty good. I have a pal Mark who uses a GT-100, I’ll borrow that, check it out and see if I can summon up the energy to persuade my wife it’s a necessary upgrade. I’ll start by showing her the cost of a Fractal AXE-fx 😉
My main band don’t go in for extended jam/improv sessions, where the M13 shines, so I’m hoping this setup will mean less worriting about what to press with my size 11 and more chance to focus on the music 😉